June brings to my doorstep tales of fairies, enchanted sleeping children, magical jewels, and family secrets. Nothing is more exciting than coming home from a stressful day at work to find two novels handpicked for me and waiting at my door. Ready for some magical adventure? Take a look:
The Darkest Part of the Forest
This New York Times bestseller by Holly Black follows the epic adventure of a young woman named Hazel. Hazel and her brother, Ben, live in a place called Fairfold where humans live alongside with the Folk. These two siblings have entertained themselves since they were children with stories about a boy lying asleep in a glass coffin, that he is a prince and they are his knights. They grow up and grow past this fantasy, knowing that this boy will never wake up – until, of course, he does.
“Down a path worn into the woods, past a stream and a hollowed-out log full of pill bugs and termites, was a glass coffin. It rested right on the ground, and in it slept a boy with horns on his head and ears as pointed as knives.”
About the Author
Holly Black is the author of The Coldest Girl in Coldtown, Doll Bones, and the Spiderwick Chronicles (with Tony DiTerlizzi.) She was a finalist for the Mythopoeic Award, the Eisner Award, and received both the Andre Norton Award and a Newberry Honor. She currently lives in New England with her family.
“[Holly Blacks’] worlds are funny and eerily vivid.” – John Green, author of The Fault in Our Stars, in Metro.
This charming Regency Romance (subgenre of romance novels set during the period of the British Regency (1811–1820) or early 19th century) by Garth Nix centers around Lady Truthful – aka Newt – who inherits her family’s treasure: The Newington Emerald. This Emerald is unlike any other: heart-shaped and dazzling, it bestows its wearer with amazing magical powers. Then, one night, it disappears. Newt is determined to find it. Restricted by the societal standards of that era, Newt decides that dressing as a man (moustache and all!) is the only way to go. Gaining an ally in the handsome Major Harnett, the two are swept away in a whirlwind of danger, subterfuge, and their newfound emerging feelings.
“Truthful leaned forward eagerly, before deliberately slowing herself. Taking a little half breath, half gasp, he carefully untied the gold drawstring of the small velvet bag. That successfully done, she reached inside and pulled out… the Emerald.”
About the Author
Australian author Garth Nix has written many award-winning novels, including Sabriel, Lireal, and Abhorsen: Clariel. His life included many different professions such as literary agent, marketing consultant, book editor, book publicist, book sales representative, bookseller, and even as a part-time soldier in the Australian Army Reserve. He’s been writing full-time since 2001. His books have appeared on the bestsellers lists of the New York Times, Publisher’s Weekly, the Guardian, and the Australian. His works have been translated into forty languages.
“A surprise from Garth Nix: a Regency romance with magic. Charming: quite, quite charming.” – Gail Carrigar, New York Times bestselling author of the Parasol Protectorate and Finishing School series.
With summer temperatures soaring, there’s nothing like an engaging book to take you away from the humidity and heat. So, excuse me while I do just that! Don’t forget, you too could have a box arrive at your doorstep every month with books to delight and intrigue.
Bookcase.Club was created to satisfy the hunger of even the most avid readers. Each case contains a selection of handpicked books based on your preference. All you have to do is select one of their themes, choose a term (3, 6, and 12 months), and enjoy the books shipped every 1st of the month.
Themes include Thrill Seeker, Strange Worlds, Teenage Dreams, Blind Date, Looking for Love, and the children-geared Read to Me Case.
Check it out and get reading!